I RECENTLY bought an Islamiat course book for my BA examinations. As the syllabus of BA for Islamiat requires a basic understanding of Quranic grammar, the book explains the kinds of verbs, tenses, sentences, etc., with the help of small examples, a procedure followed to understand the basic English grammar also.

However, after reading a few examples of the forms of verbs, I found myself frustrated. The reason was that every example used to explain the form discussed contained the word ‘beat’.

For example, ‘one man beats’, ‘I beat’, ‘we beat’, and ‘one man was beaten’.

Almost throughout the section for Quranic grammar, the word ‘beat’ and its many forms were being used as illustrations. I thought it better to consult the Internet rather than depress myself with such unpleasant examples.

However, I was at a loss for words when the first website I consulted used the word ‘kill’ and its various forms to explain the same aspects of Quranic grammar.

It is extremely baffling why such violent words are being used in connection with the Holy Quran. Have we as Muslims, by any chance, also started looking at our own religion as violent?

Any other simple word could have been selected, for instance, ‘eat’, ‘walk’, ‘run’ and myriad other short and easy words.

The more we require tolerance in today’s day and age, the more violence is being fed into our minds.

Some may not find it disturbing, but it is still being injected into their subconscious and definitely has an effect on the way they think.

I request the authors of such books and websites to please keep this aspect in mind and refrain from using such disturbing words.

IZZ GHANAA ANSARI Islamabad

Updated Nov 07, 2012 12:09am

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Comments (12) (Closed)


peddarowdy
Nov 07, 2012 12:25pm
It seems to me that you want to change the literal meaning of the Quran to suit your lofty standards. Many Mullahs have openly said God's words cannot be changed. Why are you attempting it? Its God dude..
Khalid Pathan
Nov 07, 2012 10:25am
Violence is part of our psyche and the syllabus is a reflection of that reality. As long as violence and violent methods will have approval from educational authorities, there is simply no hope that we will have peace in future.
Bushra
Nov 07, 2012 05:06pm
Dude - Read the letter again - you obviously seemed to have mis-understood what the writer is saying. He is talking about the EXAMPLES that the HUMAN authors have used to explain the grammatical content - not the literal Quran!
ZXY
Nov 07, 2012 05:25pm
Beta - that is what the "religion of peace" is all about.....
DramaWriter
Nov 07, 2012 05:38pm
He was refering to man's word in the grammer book. You have a problem in comprehension? Your hate is getting in the way of understanding.
Jalaluddin S. Hussain
Nov 07, 2012 06:41am
"The more we require tolerance in today’s day and age, the more violence is being fed into our minds." I agree with you and suggest as a Canadian-Pakistani that the word "PEACE" should be our be-all and end-all!
Garib Manus
Nov 07, 2012 08:11am
A very interesting observation and very apt suggestion!!!
Shahid Masud (@HotMasud)
Nov 08, 2012 02:17am
A very good observation and suggestion from the young guardian of our future.
Fauzia
Nov 07, 2012 07:34pm
Your hate and ignorance comes in the way of your thinking...
RX-Zeno
Nov 07, 2012 07:33pm
How does that have do do anything to do with changing the Quran? Have you even read it?
Mohammad Ali Khan
Nov 07, 2012 01:28pm
The fanatics are prevented to comprehend reason because of their beliefs.
prophecy
Nov 07, 2012 10:04am
Agreed /moreover the example and illustrations we use clearly exhibits the state of one's mind .